Issue #228: Apple’s $1B Media Budget Might Help in Spotify Battle; Blockchain Could Help Artists Profit More from Their Creative Works

Apple’s $1B Media Budget Might Help in Spotify Battle, Says RBC
Apple’s $1B Media Budget Might Help in Spotify Battle, Says RBCwww.barrons.com
Apple’s rumored budget of $1 billion annually might help it better compete with Spotify, the privately held music streaming company, muses Amit Daryanani of RBC Capital, contrary to speculation that it’s about TV shows and competing with Netflix.

Blockchain Could Help Artists Profit More from Their Creative Works
Blockchain Could Help Artists Profit More from Their Creative Workshbr.org
Movie studios and record companies should take note.

Younger consumers use two or more apps for streaming music, mobile messaging, says Nielsen
Younger consumers use two or more apps for streaming music, mobile messaging, says Nielsentechcrunch.com
Millennials’ reputation for a lack of brand loyalty extends to digital services, according to a new report out from Nielsen this morning. The measurement..

Through Spotify, Daniel Ek has changed the music industry forever
Through Spotify, Daniel Ek has changed the music industry foreverwww.europeanceo.com

Developed to bridge the gap between illegal file sharing innovation and a behind-the-times record industry, Spotify is conducting a delicate balancing act. CEO Daniel Ek needs to keep all parties happy ahead of the company’s anticipated IPO

How Blockchain Technology Is 'Disrupting' The Art Economy As We Know It
How Blockchain Technology Is 'Disrupting' The Art Economy As We Know Itwww.forbes.com
Content creation has been fraught with art and musical geniuses who make money for centralized corporations. While new companies are creating blockchain solutions to share profits with creators and curators alike, the $64 million question is can they succeed in disrupting the art and music markets?

Musicians Gain a Voice as Viberate Shakes Up the Live Music Industry
Musicians Gain a Voice as Viberate Shakes Up the Live Music Industrybitcoinist.com
Viberate will shake up the global live music industry by creating a decentralized marketplace that helps musicians, fans, and event organizers find and support each other.

Indie Rock Label 'Drag City' Releases Nearly Entire Back Catalog on Apple Music
Indie Rock Label 'Drag City' Releases Nearly Entire Back Catalog on Apple Musicwww.macrumors.com
Chicago-based independent record label Drag City has released nearly all of its back catalog of music — which began with the label’s inception…

Irving Azoff: 'Who do YouTube and Lyor Cohen think they're bullsh*tting?'
Irving Azoff: 'Who do YouTube and Lyor Cohen think they're bullsh*tting?'www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

“I see Lyor’s put his foot in his mouth again…”

Spotify Direct Listing: Here Are the Reasons For It
Spotify Direct Listing: Here Are the Reasons For Itthemarketmogul.com

This process seems easier than the classical IPOs process but does carry a few risks.

To adapt to a streaming world, home speakers get sleeker, smarter
To adapt to a streaming world, home speakers get sleeker, smarterthemercury.com
Home speakers used to be big and blocky, more or less an eyesore. Hanging on the wall or sitting in the corner of a room, they were accompanied by a